AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he would love to have David Beckham in his squad on a permanent basis.
The England international is in talks with the Serie A club over a possible loan switch from the Los Angeles Galaxy, starting in January.
Beckham today stressed that any deal would not affect his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy and re-asserted his commitment to the MLS franchise.
But Ancelotti said: “I would take him on a permanent basis. He’s not a tourist, he’s a player in all senses. He could be a big boost both in the sense that we could be useful to him and vice-versa.
“Beckham is a great champion, the prospect of having him at our disposal for two or three months is very positive.
“He can give us a hand and certainly he won’t divide the group. He brings enthusiasm. There won’t be any language problems, I know English and plus I think that he doesn’t have any problems with Spanish.”
Relatively few English players try their hand in Serie A but Ancelotti claims he admires many of the players in Fabio Capello’s current team.
“We’ve mainly bought South Americans in, Brazilians in particular and plus the good English players are kept by English clubs,” he said.
“The best? (Steven) Gerrard, (Frank) Lampard, (Wayne) Rooney... and there are also really good defenders. Capello has a good team.
“If a player asks if he can train with us during the holidays it doesn’t seem a bad thing to me. (But) if Kaka asked to go in June and July to America? He wouldn’t go there.”
Jose Mourinho, who manages Milan’s city rivals Inter, just missed out on locking horns with Beckham when he took over as Chelsea boss but insists he would welcome the midfielder to Italy.
“We never met in England because when I arrived at Chelsea he went to Real Madrid,” said Mourinho. “However, if I had to meet him at Milan it would be a pleasure to meet him because he is a very polite and calm lad,
“And he’s also a great player. If he came I would be happy.”
Beckham’s proposed switch had caused as much consternation as delight in Milan with suggestions in some quarters it was more a marketing ploy than for footballing reasons.
However, Mourinho refused to add to the ongoing argument about whether it is a good deal for Ancelotti’s side.
“It’s not my problem whether this choice goes well for him or if Carlo will be happy or not,” he continued. “I think about Milan only twice a year, or maybe three or four if we play against each other in the Coppa Italia.
“It doesn’t make a difference to me what significance Milan’s transfer policy has for them.
“I am Inter coach and that’s it, I don’t want to be anything more.”